Texas Rangers rumors: Leonys Martin is going to Seattle in a deal that will bring Tom Wilhelmsen to Texas, according to Jeff Passan.
Wilhelmsen, who turns 32 next month, is a hard-throwing righthander with two years of team control left who has a career 2.97 ERA and 3.39 FIP in 312.1 IP. He has 267 career major league appearances, 265 of which are relief appearances. Wilhelmsen will presumably join the collection of relievers in the back end of the Ranger pen, where Texas now has Shawn Tolleson, Sam Dyson, Keone Kela and Wilhelmsen from the right side in the late innings.
This could be accumulating depth, or it could be a precursor to a Shawn Tolleson deal, as he has supposedly been made available. Or it could be a fear that Kela's elbow isn't right.
Evan Grant says that it is a five player deal, and there are prospects coming back to Texas.
UPDATE -- T.R. Sullivan says that outfielder James Jones is also going to Texas in this deal. Jones, 27, is a lefthanded centerfielder who has a career .238/.268/.296 slash line in 359 plate appearances in the majors, but is fast -- he has 28 steals in 30 attempts in his major league career.
UPDATE II -- The deal is apparently Leonys Martin and Anthony Bass to Seattle for Tom Wilhelmsen, James Jones and a player to be named later.